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Jane Austen - Author

About the Author

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on 18 July 1817.
 
As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

 

Fellow novelist Katharine McMahon on Jane Austen...

I can't not choose her.  And whichever I've read last is always my favourite.  The nuance of emotion, the understanding of human nature revealed by Austen constantly delights me.  When I reread Sense and Sensibility recently, for the first time Elinor came across as quite prissy and destined to marry a rather spineless husband.  I wonder if that was intended?

Featured books by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2012

'No sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes...'  The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2007

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Other books by Jane Austen

Persuasion (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Persuasion (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2019

Emma

Emma

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2019

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2019

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2019

Northanger Abbey (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Northanger Abbey (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2019

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2019

Persuasion

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2019

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics. `She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.' Written at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Persuasion is a tale of love, heartache and the determination of one woman as she strives to reignite a lost love. Anne Elliot is persuaded by her friends and family to reject a marriage proposal from Captain Wentworth because he lacks in fortune and rank. More than seven years later, when he returns home from the Navy, Anne realises she still has strong feelings for him, but Wentworth only appears to have eyes for a friend of Anne's. Moving, tender, but intrinsically `Austen' in style, with it's satirical portrayal of the vanity of society in eighteenth-century England, Persuasion celebrates enduring love and hope.

Emma (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Emma (100 Copy Limited Edition)

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/01/2019

The Jane Austen Collection Six Book Boxset plus Journal

The Jane Austen Collection Six Book Boxset plus Journal

Author: Jane Austen Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 15/01/2019

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen, Lucy Toop Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2019

Exam board: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, Eduqas, WJEC; CXC Level & Subject: GCSE English Literature; Cape Literatures in English First teaching: September 2015; 2016 First examination: June 2017; May-June 2018 This edition of Pride and Prejudice is perfect for GCSE-level students: it comes complete with the novel, plus an introduction providing context, and a glossary explaining key terms. `She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.' Such is the unpromising start to one of the most well-known relationships in English literature. Can vivacious, intelligent, but fortuneless Elizabeth Bennet and the wealthy, reserved and seemingly haughty Mr Darcy see past their first impressions of one another? Jane Austen's 1813 novel paints a witty picture of Georgian society, showing through the ups and downs of the five Bennet sisters the lengths to which women must go to secure a husband and position - and, in Elizabeth's case, to find a marriage of true minds.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2019

Juvenilia

Juvenilia

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2019

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2019

Juvenilia

Juvenilia

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2019

Juvenilia

Juvenilia

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2019

Persuasion

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2019